So I had this incredible unique and ingenious idea to post a gift guide! I’m kidding, of course, on two accounts. 1) I know everyone and their mom is posting gift guides right now so I’m hardly original and 2) I’m not the best guide to gifts because I’m still struggling trying to figure out what to get two of my nieces. As for Hailey, we try not to go over board on gifts, so she is getting one large present this year from Santa…
Side note: I got a great deal on the dollhouse on zulily a few weeks back- and they are on sale again today on zulily, along with the KidKraft play kitchen we got Hailey for her birthday, so check it out!
I can’t wait to see her face- she’s going to freak out.
Moving on, we don’t do a lot of gifts around here, but I do love stockings. I always have. Growing up I loved the giant unknown of the grab bag stocking. I would reach in and pull out one thing at a time to marvel at it before moving on.
Now, Hailey is only 2. She is starting to get Christmas (AKA she says ho HO every time she sees Santa and her eyes light up when she sees ‘Kwis-mas ights”). Still, at two she still gets excited over little things and I can get away with throwing some ‘needs’ into her stocking, knowing she’ll love them just as much.
So, don’t consider this a guide as much as a peek inside what I’m planning for Hailey’s stocking this year…
Before you roll your eyes at me, let me assure you that nothing lights up Hailey’s world right now more than SOAP! So yes, this is a need, but one she will genuinely be excited about come bath time.c
We are in constant need of sippy cups for the car around here, and these Nalgene ones are some of my favorites. They don’t leak. Is there anything you need to know beyond that? They DON’T LEAK. Incredible. Also, somehow we have 5,198 spoons for Hailey and only 1 fork (that gets washed a lot). So, hooray for the fork pack!
Oh Target, you shady lady. You always draw me in every time. Luckily the $1 bins are full of great goodies. Hailey is really into books right now (reads them to herself in the dark in the crib at night), and these little ones are durable and small, perfect for some light before-bed reading.
The other two toys are a light up fan (Hailey-tested it in store and it’s a hit) and keys. I’m really hoping she loves them as much as my keys so I can have mine back to, you know, drive the car and whatnot.
Another step in the potty-training direction. These will go side-by-side with the new Minnie Mouse potty seat Hailey picked out. I’m hoping since she picked out the undies, that the excitement will carry over to learning how to potty (after the holidays).
Ah, yes, I’m that mom. I see no need to stuff Hailey’s stocking with candy (if she sees suckers, she’ll just melt down until she gets one so I’d rather save them for necessary situations). Instead, these Clementines rock her world. Seedless and easy to peel, they will be perfect for adding bulk to her stocking.
So there are our stocking stuffers! I can’t wait to watch her reach into the stocking and marvel at her finds… or just dump them all out at once. Either way, the magic of Christmas is so evident in her eyes this year and I’m drinking it up!
Christmas favorite: gifts or stockings?
What was your favorite stocking stuffer growing up?
What do you plan to put in your kids’ stockings?